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Van Gaal backed to spend wisely

ESPN staff
May 21, 2014
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Louis van Gaal will bring in the right players to turn around Manchester United's fortunes, according to the club's former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

United endured a dismal transfer window before last season with David Moyes snubbed by several of his high-profile targets and landing only £27.5 million midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who flopped in his first season at Old Trafford.

Moyes managed to push through the signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea for a club-record fee of £37.1m in January but the midfielder struggled to shine in the second half of the season before the man who brought him to Old Trafford was sacked in early April.

However, United have moved quickly in their attempts to kick off their summer spending and believe they have made significant progress in their pursuit of Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos, sources close to Old Trafford have told ESPN.

A £25 million deal for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw is also close, according to reports.

Beckham: Van Gaal right man for United

David Beckham and Ryan Giggs came through at Mancheseter United together © Getty Images
  • David Beckham has admitted he was "emotional" at the sight of Ryan Giggs striding out at Manchester United as interim manager but believes Louis van Gaal is the right choice to take the club forward.
  • Van Gaal has appointed Giggs as his assistant and former United midfielder Beckham feels the pairing will be a huge hit at Old Trafford.
  • "He [Van Gaal] has got a history of working with young players, bringing players through academy systems at places like Ajax," Beckham told Sky Sports. "That can only be great for Manchester United.
  • "As a Manchester United fan and for Manchester United as a club, to have someone like this with his pedigree is great. He has worked with some of the biggest and best players in the world.
  • "I'm delighted Ryan [Giggs] is still involved as well. When you've got someone like Giggsy, who all the players respect and all the fans love, it makes a huge difference.
  • "His role now has totally changed and I'm sure he will find it an easy transition because he takes things in his stride, he's not affected by anything. He knows the club better than most people who are at Manchester United now."

Van der Sar, who was coached by Van Gaal at Ajax when they won the Champions League together in 1995, thinks United's new manager will spend wisely in a summer when more than £150 million may be at his disposal and ensure this season's seventh-placed finish is swiftly forgotten.

"Van Gaal will spend the right money on the right player to ensure that they are right for United," stated Van der Sar, in quotes appearing in the Daily Mirror.

"He will know if they have the United DNA of the club inside of them. If not he will let them go and let them go to other clubs.

"You have to play and you have to fight for Manchester United. Not only come for the money. What's more important? Money or the privilege of playing for a coach like Van Gaal?

"It's a massive club and if you are able to participate in that and to contribute to winning a title then you are settled for life because you have the adoration of the club.

"Van Gaal is going to be very clear about what he wants and what he demands from his players and while it's going to be a tricky period for him with the World Cup deciding on what transfers he will need, if anyone can cope with a situation like this it is Van Gaal."

The failure of the Moyes reign will cost United an estimated £50 million in compensation payouts and lost television income, performance payments and gate receipts, with the failure to secure a top-four finish alone meaning they miss out on around £35m in revenue.

But United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is adamant that transfer business won't be affected by the Moyes era after announcing record revenues over the third quarter of the financial year.

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